Barcelona superstar Xavi has revealed that he regrets not playing alongside Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the Spanish star - who retired from international football after this summer's World Cup - has insisted, however, that he was never going to leave Barcelona.
Unsurprisingly, Xavi has revealed that he doesn't really have any other regrets after a quite remarkable career which has seen him win some of the most prestigious trophies football has on offer.
Speaking to reporters, the 34-year-old said: "When I think about all I have won with Spain and Barcelona and all they great players I have played with - it is impossible for me to have any regrets.
"Maybe one small regret is that I never got to play with Paul Scholes - but I was never going to leave Barcelona and he was never going to leave Manchester United."
It would have certainly been a frightening prospect for opponents had Scholes and Xavi lined up with one another at Manchester United or Barcelona. Scholes, much like Xavi, has been recognised as one the world's greatest pass-masters of the last decade, and Premier League fans have certainly missed him since his retirement.
Despite not being able to play with one another, both men have featured in two of the greatest midfield partnerships in recent time. Xavi's partnership with Andres Iniesta helped Barcelona to European dominance as the pair destroyed teams with their 'tika taka' style. Scholes, meanwhile, helped United dominate English football alongside Roy Keane, as the duo were key to the club's success.
Barcelona star Xavi will now be hoping to help the Spanish giants get back on track after a disappointing season last term. The Catalans only managed to secure a runners-up spot in La Liga after being held to a draw by champions Atletico Madrid on the final day of the season.
The Catalans will also be hoping to make an impression in Europe next term after also falling short against Atletico in the competition. And Xavi will certainly be looking to play a key role in the up-coming season after retiring from international duty.
Scholes, meanwhile, who retired for the second time at the end of the 2012/13 season, may take up a role at Manchester United next term following the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the club's new manager.
The former England international helped Ryan Giggs at the back-end of last season, when the Welshman took over at United for the final four games of the campaign.
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